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Archbishop of Cape Town calls on churches to pray “Thy Kingdom Come”

Posted on: November 28, 2017 7:32 AM
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba in a video message to his province.
Photo Credit: ACSA

The Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, has asked churches in his province to take part in next year’s Thy Kingdom Come global prayer initiative. Thy Kingdom Come began in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the clergy in the Church of England to pray for mission and evangelism during the 10-days between Ascension Day and Pentecost. It was picked up by other Christian churches in England and around the world; and is now an annual global prayer movement. This year, churches in 85 different countries took part. In 2018, the initiative will run from 10 to 20 May.

“I encourage all in the province to join in and to pray with the rest of the Communion,” Archbishop Thabo said in a video message. “In our province, we normally say all the communities should be rooted in the love of Christ; they should be committed to God’s mission and transformed by the Holy Spirit.

“Here is an opportunity for each one of you to soak our province and the Communion in prayer.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, described the initiative as “an extraordinary joining together of Christians all around the world to pray two prayers: ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ and ‘Come Holy Spirt’”. He described them as “two prayers that are literally world changing.”

A website with resources to help churches throughout the world prepare for next year’s Thy Kingdom Come event has been established. The website also has space for individuals, families and churches to pledge to pray. The website contains a map with a light showing where people are taking part.

  • Click here to access the Thy Kingdom Come website.